About Me

A fully qualified  teacher and SEN tutor, with a First Class degree and over 25 years' experience, I provide one-to-one learning  opportunities to students who have yet to reach their full potential, including, typically, those who may have indicators of ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia and processing issues, who seek to improve English skills, language skills, working memory, organisational and study skills and who seek to improve exams performance.
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Specialist Experience and Skills

I have a wide experience of engaging students  at all points in their learner's journey.

I aim to improve phonological awareness, verbal memory and processing speed, organisational skills and working memory skills. English skills, language skills and critical skills development underpin all work.

Each student receives a genuinely bespoke, realistic, yet challenging programme of study, using explicit teaching and continuous assessment to equip the student with the skills and confidence to move to the next level.

My approach builds on multi-sensory learning, and I build on student's... Read More
I have a wide experience of engaging students  at all points in their learner's journey.

I aim to improve phonological awareness, verbal memory and processing speed, organisational skills and working memory skills. English skills, language skills and critical skills development underpin all work.

Each student receives a genuinely bespoke, realistic, yet challenging programme of study, using explicit teaching and continuous assessment to equip the student with the skills and confidence to move to the next level.

My approach builds on multi-sensory learning, and I build on student's visual and creative skills. Recognising that different students have preferred learning styles, I work to equip students with a broad range of learning strategies, working with weaknesses as well as strengths and developing task specific strategies.

I am particularly interested in developing confidence, a positive mindset, resilience and assertiveness.

My Teaching Philosophy

I am passionate about the power of education to change lives.

Work needs to be structured to meet the unique needs of each student. A course of study should be, cumulative, appropriate, relevant, engaging and, of course, fun.

A good educational provider needs to be organised, flexible, patient and, above all, empathetic to the needs of the student. Learning opportunities provide students with the transferable skills which will move a student from where they are, to where they want to be. I use a  step by step approach and I develop problem solving skills.
I seek to develop confidence, a positive mindset, and  a resilience which encourages the student to become more proactive and more thoughtful about themselves and those around them. I seek to provide a broad based well balanced education which encourages the student  and to become more curious about the world.

Something Sensational About Me

Before I became a teacher and father, I travelled quite widely. Nowadays, I'm more of an armchair traveller, although, as a family, we do like to go campfire camping.

My wife and I work an allotment and I'm a member of The British Museum.

Ahem. My daughter was awarded top 2% marks in both English  Language and English Literature at GCSE.

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Availability

  • Monday 13.00 - 1800
  • Tuesday 0900 - 1200
  • Wednesday 1400 - 1800
  • Thursday 1.00 - 1800
  • Friday 0900 - 1100
  • Saturday 0900 - 1300

Qualifications and Training

- Institute of Education, University of London, PGCE (English specialist) - University of London B.A. (Hons.) Anthropology and Sociology (First Class) - A Levels: Law, Politics, History - GCSEs: 8 (including Maths and English) Continuing Professional Development: I regularly attend relevant training, including training on ADD/ADHD,Dyslexia and Learning, Learning Styles, Autism Awareness, Mindset, Target Setting, Behaviour Management, Evidence Based Teaching and GCSE English enhancement... Read More
- Institute of Education, University of London, PGCE (English specialist) - University of London B.A. (Hons.) Anthropology and Sociology (First Class) - A Levels: Law, Politics, History - GCSEs: 8 (including Maths and English) Continuing Professional Development: I regularly attend relevant training, including training on ADD/ADHD,Dyslexia and Learning, Learning Styles, Autism Awareness, Mindset, Target Setting, Behaviour Management, Evidence Based Teaching and GCSE English enhancement programmes.

Choose me if…

  • ..... you require a teacher who is passionate about the power of education to transform lives, who is experienced in improving skills, who seeks to provide a broad based well balanced education and who is exam orientated. The learner journey is a focussed, structured, multi-sensory programme and leads to the development of a confident, capable, independent learner equipped with the skills to realise their potential.

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Chris

My daughter has really responded to John's multisensory style. There were some big gaps in her English skills and John was able to develop a personalised programme of study which was non patronising, vibrant and effective. She has reengaged with the English language. Even teachers in other subjects have noticed her newfound purposefulness!

Lisa

John's empathetic approach has really made  a big difference to my son's attitude to learning. Knowing how to spot and write about language features and how to structure answers to maximise marks has changed the way he thinks about the English language and the exam. Thanks!

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